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Bookstore say it is "not selling very
well."
'I'WOMONTHS before the Novem-
ber election, Michigan citizens rate
Ferraro superior to Republican vice
presidential candidate George Bush in
intelligence, leadership and understan-
ding citizens' problems, according to a
-Detroit News Poll headed by Michael
Traugott, senior study director at the
University's Institute for Social
Research.
Nor surprisingly, most of Ferraro's
support comes from Democrats: Thir-
ty-one percent say they are more likely
to vote for Mondale because she's on
the ticket, with only 9 percent saying
they are less likely. Republicans tend to,
rate the two candidates nearly equally.
Women are somewhat stronger in their
support for her in the statewide poll of
745 adults taken Aug. 10-27 at the height
of the controversy over her finances.
Traugott says in a "thermometer
question" where respondents are asked
to rate candidates Ferraro, Bush,
Reagan and Mondale on a scale of 0 to

100, Ferraro scores higher than Bush
but not as high as Reagan. Mondale
received the lowest score.
The recent poll shows 23 percent of
those surveyed say Mondale's selection
of Ferraro made them more likely to
support the Democratic ticket. Only 14
percent said it made them less likely to
vote the ticket.
Traditionally the college-level age
group has a poor voting record, which
bothers University Regent Sarah
Power (D-Ann Arbor).
"I regret the lack of student in-
volvement in the whole political
process. It is a lot less than a decade
ago," Power says. "I think a lot of
women at the University have very lit-
tle understanding of the long battles
waged by women like (State Lt. Gov.)
Martha Griffiths."
Power, one of two women and six
men on the Board of Regents, says the
Ferraro nomination should signal that
"there are qualified women to fill any
position." But while she praises the
value of Ferraro as a role model for
young women, she is less optimistic
about the effect of her candidacy on
University students because of their
lack of involvement.
Student political leaders say it is too
early in the academic year to judge the
impact of Ferraro's nomination on
membership in their organizations, but
College Republicans' Leachman, says
three of this year's officers and one-
third of the members are women.
HE says Ferraro "might' make
women more noticed" and give them
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Andrew Hartman, president of
College Democrats (60 percent of whom
are women), says he was "excited to
see a woman make such a leap" and
believes the move will help Mondale at
the polls.
Whether or not the "Ferraro factor"
combined with the possible strength of
the gender gap can pull the Democratic
ticket through in November is mostly

conjecture at present.
Yet regardless of the election results,
Ferraro's historic candidacy has
brought to the attention of the public the
power of role models and some of the
unique problems American women
politicians may soon be turning to ad-
vantage.
Young is a Daily Opinion Page
editor.

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Mirror Moves
The Psychedelic Furs
Columbia
By-Dennis Harvey
The Psychedelic Furs were obviously
poised for an attack on the mass
audience with their third album,
Forever Now, which wielded one
genuine dancefloor hit (the slinky,
menacing "Love My Way") and
sweetened the Furs' approach to an ex-
tent via Todd Rundgren's poppy
production. As transitional trying-to-
crash-the-big-party efforts go, it was
pretty encouraging; for once Run-
dgren's tendency toward noddling with
keyboard and vocal extras didn't make
the band at hand sound like a mutated
Utopia, and the result was at least
halfway classic medium-hard pop, with
enough left of the old Furs' bite on
songs like "President Gas" to preserve
integrity. After all, it was quite all right'
for the Furs to feel the necessity of
changing costume a bit in a world sud-
denly crammed with white "funk" boy
bands and 12-inch singles, but nobody
wanted them to become cuddly toys.
It's mildly depressing, then, to note
how devoid of that.old bite the Furs'
newest and fourth, Mirror Moves, is.
This is music one can safely gum down,
with no harsh guitar shounds to frighten
anybody and most of the menace
removed from Richard Butler's stlill,
agreeably hoarse vocals. The Furs
were never all that scary a band, what
with their post-punk sax-and-
everything Big Sound, but on their first
two albums (and even in parts of
Forever Now) they communicated a
pleasantly discomforting ambiguity
that was half sex and half f-off snarl.
Mirror Moves, with its annoyingly
honest "Sure, we admit this is a sell-
out, but who cares?" title, retains only
the pleasantness; what can possibly be
disturbing (or interesting, you.might
ask) about an album that's mostly just
about that same old thing, love? A lyric
sheet is pointedly not included, and it's
just as well.
Not that Mirror Moves is a bad or
even mediocre album; it's likeable
enough, but in that this-year's-product
way that goes in one ear and out the
other - there's nothing really worth
retaining after the needle lifts. The first
single, "the Ghost in You," was perfec-
tly admirable radio pop, the sort of
thing that inevitably sounds more won-
derful than it really is when sandwiched
between the usual top-40 perils; the
second single, "Heaven," is less cat-
chy. One song, "My Time," begins to
sound a bit like Older Furs, 'and
Richard Butler (whose vocals,
however, subdued, lend Mirror Moves
its only real stamp of personality)
allows himself more scratchy aban-

donment on its title phrase than is heard
elsewhere.
The rest of the songs are pleasant,
well-crafted, and forgettable. Keith
Forsey's production is of the sort that
leads stereo magazines to jot sum-
maries like "Production: Excellent.
Performance: Dull." The fault isn't the
musicians', of course, they perform
confidently, if not very excitingly, in
the crystal-clear, no-imagination, stan-
dard-frills framework Forsey allows
them. Some of those frills verge on the
seriously banal, like that hey-lads
cheerful trumpet on "Like a
Strangers," but in general Mirror
Moves is far too innocuous to provoke
offense. Unless, of course, you find of-
fensive the fact that yet another once-
fairly-eccentric band has become
prematurely cheerful and dull
All Over the Place
The Bangles
CBS
- The Bangles are not the Go-Go's. If
you understand that you can under-
stand that this all-female quartet from
the West Coast doesn't share much at
all with their better known peers except
gender, California, and success. The
Go-Go's have all three; the Bangles
definitely deserve the last one.
Their first album is out on CBS, one
reason being that there was no way the
group was gonna sign to IRS, the you-
know-who's label. They want to avoid
comparisons that much. But it's
inevitable, right? They shouldn't
worry, 'cause their first LP (they had
an earlier EP) more than stands up to
Beauty and the Beat, which is nothing
really but two great singles.
They also shouldn't worry, 'cause the

Bangles are thankfully free of the space
cadet/teen queen image of the early
Go-Go's; these women won't pose in
their underwear for Rolling Stone -
they're quietly cool. Guitarist/vocalist
Susanna Hoffs even brandishes a John
Lennon-style Rickenbacker on the LP's
cover.
Three other things come to mind
about this album. First, lead guitarist
Vicki Peterson adds guitar bits that
remind you of James Honeyman-
Scott's work with the Pretenders, not so
much in style but in enhancing the total
sound of the group. Her obvious in-
fluences come straight from the sixties,
and she can skitter fiery British In-
vasion-style licks with the best.
Second, Hoff's voice really comes
across strongly, standing out in a group
where everyone sings well.
Third, David Kahne's production
jumps out at you impressively, cap-
turing the group's blend of guitars,
voices, and its rhythm section. Where
the Go-Go's first two albums sounded
tinny and too girl-groupish, the Bangles
have a very listenable, definite sound.

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